Academic Opportunities

Focused study in spiritual transformation for a customized educational journey

Certificate in Spiritual Transformation


We believe that real change takes place incrementally over time with others in the context of spiritual practices that open us to God's transforming work. The Certificate in Spiritual Transformation identifies the completion of a learning process that guides leaders in an experience of spiritual transformation in the context of a Transforming Community.® This 27-month journey offers a holistic approach to spiritual transformation in the life of the leader so that spiritual leadership will flow naturally from the transformation they are experiencing in their own life. Thus, the method of learning is highly experiential and includes substantive teaching, readings and written reflections on spiritual formation themes, guided experiences in classic Christian disciplines, and significant engagement in community with other leaders.


  • Attend 9 retreats*
  • Practice the disciplines in between retreats
  • Complete required readings
  • Complete and submit written assignments
  • Participate in group spiritual direction (assigned groups remain consistent throughout the 27-months)
  • Engage in spiritual direction or spiritual friendship (strongly recommended)
  • Complete and submit final project that clearly outlines one’s personal rule of life
  • Complete and submit A Time for Noticing evaluation within 2 weeks of the final retreat.

Continuing Education Units (CEU's)

If you are interested in receiving continuing education units through the Transforming Community experience, 90 CEU's are available for the completed 27-month process. The fee for 90 CEU's is $450 ($50 per retreat). Continuing education credit will be awarded upon completion of the 9 retreats and the associated requirements (listed above in Certificate Information). To receive the CEU's, please notify the Transforming Center office of your intent and submit payment by check or online anytime prior to the end of the 7th retreat.

*If a participant needs to miss a retreat, arrangements will be made for receiving the content and guidance provided for completing the requirements for that quarter.

Sioux Falls Seminary

For those interested in earning academic credit in concert with their Transforming Community experience, we are pleased to inform you that the Transforming Center has formed a partnership with Sioux Falls Seminary, located in Sioux Falls, SD. Through the Kairos Project, an alternative educational track, participants in a Transforming Community® can fully integrate their transforming leadership journey with one of several academic options, including a graduate certificate, Master of Arts (Bible and Theology), Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, Master of Divinity, or Doctor of Ministry. Each option provides students with an opportunity to focus their studies in spiritual transformation while providing them a mentor team to customize the entire educational journey.

These certificates and degrees are comparatively affordable, accessible from anywhere (some degrees require intensives on campus), relevant to the context of the student, and faithful to God’s call to an ongoing process of transformation. This structure allows students to pursue their degree or certificate while staying fully active in ministry, invested in their day-to-day lives, and committed to a life of missional engagement.

Students must first apply and be accepted by the Transforming Center into a Transforming Community before applying to Sioux Falls Seminary. There is no set deadline for Sioux Falls applications, as Transforming Community participants may apply prior to the launch of their communities, at any time during their communities, or even after the completion of their communities. Students must be accepted by both the Transforming Center and Sioux Falls Seminary to participate in an academic program.

If you wish to speak with someone in the Transforming Center about this opportunity, please contact David Hughes at

To learn more about the Sioux Falls Seminary and these offerings, visit, email Nate Helling at, or call 800.440.6227. If you wish to apply, visit

Academic Institution of Your Choice

If you would like to receive academic credit for your Transforming Community experience from a seminary of your choice and you have confirmed their openness to this possibility, please email David Hughes at to inquire.  We are prepared to work with academic institutions who are willing to work creatively with us!